Ron Howard and his wife recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first date
He still has the same 1970 VW Bug he picked her up in!
Though Ron Howard had many onscreen love interests as an actor in TV and film, he has had one true love in real life. He married his high school sweetheart, Cheryl, in 1975 after they had been dating for five years.
"I met her, and there was never anybody else," Ron told People Magazine in 2019. "She's unbelievably supportive and always has been."
Ron met Cheryl after he starred on The Andy Griffith Show but before he became Richie Cunningham on Happy Days, though he was still all over TV. They began dating around the time he guest-starred in a two-part Lassie story and appeared in an episode of Andy Griffith's short-lived show Headmaster.
They were both at John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California, at the time. They went on their first date on November 1, 1970. Ron picked her up in his new Volkswagen Beetle and took her to a re-release of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World before capping the night with some pizza.
As noted by People, Ron divulged in an Instagram post how he and Cheryl celebrated the 50th anniversary of their budding romance: They got pizza and bought socks adorned with their significant other's face.
He even revealed that he still has the same VW Bug he bought five decades ago, ending the post with, "It runs great. So do we."
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Nov 1 1970 Cheryl & I went on our 1st date. We went to see a re-release of Stanley Kramer’s It’s a Mad Mad Mad World and then got some pizza at now defunct Barnone’s in Toluca Lake. Quite a start, right? Today we are celebrating with these kind of socks we ordered (Cheryl’s w/my mug got held up) and a trip to our local take-out pizza place. We’ll be driving in the same ‘70 VW Bug I picked Cheryl up in 5 decades ago. It runs great. So do we.